Trench coats always have been and will seemingly always be just really freakin’ cool! Some things seem never to go out of style and yet again the trench coat is back in both classic forms and edited versions with more modern twists.
Spring Runway 2012
For those in rainy summer climates having a lightweight outer layer to fend off fickle weather is just downright practical.
Come on, you knew they’d be on this list. Somehow Christopher Bailey holds the label true to its heritage while also mixing it up. Exhibit A: this season’s trench coat seen ‘round the world. Um, this could be our favorite topper of the year and not just because it’s in all the ads. The embellished, rounded collar is so bright and eclectic. The traditional belted cuffs and waist even seem new on the unexpected distressed green background and set off by the turquoise, orange and bone shoulder designs. As the Chelsea girls Kate left behind might say – “brilliant”.
If trenches at Burberry are par for the course, trenches in the theatrical landscape of Gaultier are at least unexpected. Surrounded by so much show, one would think a supremely practical trench coat might feel out of place. Not so. What set them apart wasn’t necessarily the fabric, construction or colors, but how they were styled to compliment the more fanciful pieces of the collection. We love how they paired a robin’s egg blue sleeveless trench vest with rolled cuff shorts and an oversized short-sleeve shirt. The statement collar and elegant button and belting details could pass for any vintage trench, but the overall look is thoroughly modern.
Now this is a nouveau trench coat. Clean white linen with a little nod to the naughty in the form of a shiny black leather belt, lapel, collar and cuffs. What’s amazing about this coat is how retro it comes across and yet how current it reads all at once. Another dichotomy – how it is utterly ladylike while still seeming a touch masculine and not the smallest bit aggressive. With so many designers planting the seeds of floral and all the typical colors of Spring and Summer, black and white is actually quite refreshing. It’s simple, straightforward and subtly proper without the burden of being prim. Sort of looks like something Trinity would sport en route to kick ass in The Matrix. We’re all right with that.
Runway images from www.elle.com